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Bagel Breakfast Sandwiches

Oct 31, 14 Bagel Breakfast Sandwiches

By Kelly Bogard

Imagine waking up at 4 a.m. to get to the deer lease and stand by first light. You sit silently waiting for the perfect opportunity.

As a small herd of deer approach the blind, a strange sound fills the space. Your stomach grumbles and spooks the winter harvest back into the woods.

One thing I’ve learned from years of being a hunter’s wife is to never go to the deer stand hungry. And since deer season starts here in Texas on Saturday, Nov. 1, here’s a recipe to help keep hunger at bay while waiting for your chance to shoot.

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Values do matter to farmers and ranchers

Oct 28, 14 Values do matter to farmers and ranchers

By Julie Vrazel

Values and farmers and ranchers—they go hand-in-hand.

A 30-second commercial by Whole Foods Market shows that. Sort of.

It implies organic is superior and more ethical than conventionally-grown food. I don’t agree.

In their marketing scheme to boost sales, Whole Foods left out one important ingredient—conventional farmers and ranchers.

Truth is, like their organic counterparts, they care about the land, crops, livestock and their consumers. Conventional farmers and ranchers have values, morals and ethics. They raise a healthy product, too.

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Kid-friendly Tricks and Treats

Oct 24, 14 Kid-friendly Tricks and Treats

By Kelly Bogard

Princesses, Ninja Turtles and Super Heroes. Add cute pumpkins, silly clowns and a ghost or two and you have a party. Our neighborhood is “the place” to be on Halloween.

My sweet girl loves to help me in the kitchen, especially on Halloween. So here’s some kid-friendly treats!

 

 

For Ghost Bananas, you will need…Tricks and Treats
6 bananas, peeled and cut in half
1 pkg. white almond bark, heated per package instructions
24 mini chocolate chips
12 popsicle sticks

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Connecting the dots

Oct 21, 14 Connecting the dots

By Jessica Domel

I love aha moments. You know the kind. When something you’ve heard, maybe a dozen times before, just finally clicks in your brain and everything makes sense.

My nieces had one of those moments over the weekend during the last days of the State Fair of Texas.

My brother and I took the girls to play carnival games and see the attractions on the midway. We stopped by the car show and walked through the home made from a giant log. And, of course, we visited the award-winning steer, lamb, goat and barrow.

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Tastes of fall

Oct 17, 14 Tastes of fall

By Kelly Bogard

It’s finally starting to feel like fall, even if the leaves haven’t started changing colors.

With fall weather comes football, crafts and good times with family and friends. And those good times are sure to be shared around a plate of delicious food.

Embrace the cooler weather with some of our favorite savory meals and tasty desserts from Texas Table Top.

Chicken Fried Deer Steak
Chicken Fried Deer Steaks - Final

Reata’s Jalapeno Cilantro Soup
Jalapeno-Cilantro Soup - final

Little Dove Poppers
Little Dove Poppers

‘Two’ Good Chili
Two Good Chili

Candy Apple Cupcakes
Candy Apple Cupcakes

What’s your favorite fall recipe?

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Meet a Texas rose farmer: Mark Chamblee

Oct 14, 14 Meet a Texas rose farmer: Mark Chamblee

By Julie Vrazel

Not all farmers grow corn, cotton and grain sorghum. There are lots of specialty farmers, too. Like Mark Chamblee.

He wakes up and smells the roses every day.

That’s because Mark is a rose farmer in Tyler, where he and his family have been growing roses since 1953. Their nursery, Chamblee’s Rose Nursery, is a part of Tyler’s rich horticultural history.

Most people don’t think of roses as a crop, but Mark and his crew offer more than 200 varieties of roses from around the world. His customers range from businesses to gardeners who are trying to liven up their landscapes.

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